Feathers in my capPosted: November 23, 2011 Filed under: 365 Yoga Challenge, Autumn, Blog awards, Blog Business, Earth, fall, food, home, NaBloPoMo, nature, Photography, pond, Spirit, Thanks!, Walking, water, weather, yoga | Tags: awards, gratitude, Liebster Award, NaBloPoMo, nature, Photography, postaday2011, Thanksgiving 38 Comments
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~ William Arthur Ward
I have been remiss in the area of gratitude lately. Over the past several weeks some wonderful fellow bloggers have nominated me for various awards. Please accept my sincere thanks for the honors you have bestowed upon me, and my apologies for waiting so long (in some cases) to acknowledge the awards.
Here is where I make matters worse. I know I should link to the people who have nominated my blog. And I would. Truly. Except, well, my email was so backlogged that when I went through it over the weekend I decided that I would have to start deleting the emails I receive about new blogs posts (subscriptions) from those blogs that I follow. With so many of us involved in either NaBloPoMo or PostADay2011, I’m getting a lot of blog subscription emails.
I sincerely apologize for not naming and linking to those of you who were so kind as to offer me the awards. Although I could name and link to a few, I am afraid I’ll miss someone and that might be worse than not naming and linking to anyone. (Does that make sense?)
The sun finally decided to visit the Bogs this afternoon. After three days of dark clouds and rain, it was a little hard on the eyes at first, but it didn’t take long to adjust to the brightness. It’s amazing what a mood booster sunshine can be.
I am currently on day 59 of my yoga and food commitments. Both are changing me in unexpected ways that are difficult to express in words. Writing in my yoga diary every day, I try to define those changes in words, but words fail me. If I ever come up with something worth sharing, I will do so.
I’m getting ready for our vegetarian Thanksgiving feast. I had to do some last minute grocery shopping this morning. Apparently thousands of other people had a similar errand to run. The stores were packed with people.
I made a veggie stock today that I will be using to make gravy to go with our Quorn Turk’Y Roast. I caramelized some mushrooms and onions to give it color as well as flavor, and tossed in a big handful of fresh herbs that are normally used in poultry seasoning (sage, rosemary, and thyme). We’ll have the usual mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, and two or three veggie side dishes to go with the roast and gravy. The veggie stock has been perfuming the air in the house for a few hours now. It smells wonderful. The top note of sage gives it a very Thanksgiving-y aroma.
This will be our first Thanksgiving without a turkey. We’ve had vegetarian dishes on Thanksgiving Day in the past (to accommodate friends who are vegetarian). I would usually cook a turkey sometime over the weekend following Thanksgiving. I will not be doing that this year. I don’t think I will miss it very much, but the jury is still out on that.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. Thank you for visiting. If we hurry, we can catch an hour or two of sunlight before the dark settles in for the night. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, too. Perhaps we’ll take a hike to work off some of the Thanksgiving feast. Don’t forget boots or waterproof shoes. It’s still pretty boggy out there, but at least it doesn’t look like this anymore:
In case I don’t see you tomorrow, have a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you’re celebrating it). 🙂
Your dark woods would be great illustrations for fairy tales.
Thank you, Pat. I thought of fairy tales, too, when I saw the photos on the monitor. Kind of spooky. 🙂
So glad your commitments are going well and that changes are being noticed. I love the firewood image, such warm colors. Have a great Thanksgiving. 🙂
Thank you, Ted. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. 🙂
great to visit with you here today. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Thank you, Joss. Wishing the same for you. 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving, my friend…we all have so much to be thakful for. Enjoy the sunshine.
Thank you, Marie. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. And yes, we do have a lot to be thankful for. 🙂
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow (I know there will be ONE very thankful turkey! 😉
lol! Thank you, Michaela. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but it’s nice to know one turkey has been saved this day. 🙂
Have a wonderful vegetarian Thanksgiving. 🙂
Thank you, Cecelia. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. 🙂
Love the “Eye of the Dragon”! Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks, DragonFae. 🙂
The turkey is my least favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal, but I think I would miss it if we substituted something more vegetarian. I hope you have a wonderful meal. The pictures in today’s blog are especially beautiful.
Thank you, Carolyn. 🙂
To be honest, I did miss the turkey. Although I’ve never been particularly fond of meat, turkey is favorite. But the meal was delicious, nourishing, and quite filling, meeting all of the Thanksgiving requirements.
I love the thanksgiving tradition, although never experienced it, I wish we had it in Australia. There should be more gratitude enriching days such as this. Beautiful photographs and the meal sounds delicious. x
Thank you, Siannaphey. 🙂
I agree. I think the world would be a better place with more “gratitude enriching days” (as you put it). It’s something we can practice on our own. Perhaps if we do it, one person at a time, the gratitude will grow.
Have a wonderful turkeyless Thanksgiving:) My favorite photo was your last one with the rain and the tiny splash.
Thanks, Smidge. I hope your Thanksgiving was a good one. 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving. Loved the dark wood photos…perfect for this time of year.
Thanks, TBM. 🙂
Oh WOW! That first shot just blew me away – it’s gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving, if you celebrate…
Thank you, LadyFi. 🙂
OMG, Robin. These images take my breath away. Have to be among the most amazing you have ever done. Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend.
Thank you so much, Kathy. 🙂
I hope your Thanksgiving was a good one.
Dear Robin — Happy Thanksgiving to you! Love the picture of the rain bouncing up.
Thank you, BATR. A belated Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. 🙂
Love those dark woods.
Thanks, Teresita. Me too. 🙂
Hi Robin. ‘hint of flames in the firewood’ is great… Jane
Thank you, Jane. 🙂
Thank you, Fergiemoto. And thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed your vegetarian Thanksgiving, Robin! It was probably a big adjustment, especially because Thanksgiving and turkey are so culturally entwined now… Tofurkey doesn’t really cut it! 🙂
(I never had turkey at Canadian Thanksgiving growing up, so I literally don’t know what I’m missing. I’m grateful for that!)
Thanks, Dana. I did kind of miss the turkey, but we muddled through just find without it. 🙂
The lotus shot is stunning! 🙂
Thank you, Elizabeth. I’m glad you like it. 🙂